Worlds2015

Announcing the 2015 Pokémon World Championships

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Friday, August 21, through Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-954-2000

Compete for your chance to qualify for the big tournament next year in Boston, Massachusetts!

From the Pokemon website, 11/25/14

Pokémon TCG and video game competitors, we’re announcing big changes for the 2015 Pokémon World Championships. First, we’re excited to announce that Boston, Massachusetts, will host the 2015 Pokémon World Championships from August 21–23, 2015!

Players will be vying for a share of more than $500,000 in scholarship awards, over four times the amount awarded in 2014. The prize for winning it all is higher, too—each Pokémon Video Game World Champion will win a $10,000 scholarship, and each Pokémon TCG World Champion will win a scholarship equaling $25,000!

More players than ever will receive invitations to the upcoming World Championships, and consequently the tournament will now last three full days, starting on Friday, August 21. However, depending on the number of Championship Points earned throughout the year, some players will automatically qualify for Day Two and start playing on Saturday! Additionally, we’ll be giving out even more Travel Awards to ensure that more players can make it to Boston for the big event.

With so many more players qualifying in 2015, there will no longer be a Last Chance Qualifier—all invitees will have to earn their spot by racking up Championship Points in competitions throughout the year. That means all three days of Worlds weekend are dedicated to the players who have put in all the hard work needed to qualify! Click More for ALL the details for TCG and VG

 

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For more information on the 2015 Pokémon World Championships, be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions. (or read below)

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Pokémon TCG World Championships

Event Information

The Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships will take place from Friday, August 21, through Sunday, August 23, 2015, at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-954-2000

The Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championships is an invitation-only event, meaning only those players who earn an official invite from Pokémon Organized Play will be able to compete for the title of Pokémon World Champion.

Players who do not receive an official invite from Pokémon Organized Play can compete in side events, watch the main event, or participate in other great activities! There will not be a last chance qualifier at the 2015 Pokémon World Championships. Specific information for side events will be released at a later time.

Securing an Invitation

Top Trading Card Game players from different rating zones will receive invitations based on their Championship Points at the end of the season. Invitations will be divided into two tiers: players who reach a certain Championship Points total will receive an invitation to play in Day One on Friday, and the best players in each zone automatically qualify for Day Two and will also receive a Travel Award. Invitations will be distributed as follows:

Masters Division Senior Division Junior Division
US and Canada 300 CP 250 CP 200 CP
Europe 300 CP 250 CP 200 CP
Latin America 200 CP 150 CP 100 CP
Asia Pacific 200 CP 150 CP 100 CP
South Africa 200 CP 150 CP 100 CP

Some players will earn an invitation that allows them to advance directly to Day Two without playing in Friday’s rounds. These invitations will also include Travel Awards. Day Two invitations are divided by rating zone as follows:

  • The Top 16 players from the US and Canada rating zone
  • The Top 22 players from the Europe rating zone
  • The Top 8 players from the Latin America rating zone
  • The Top 8 players from the Asia Pacific rating zone

Players in Japan and Korea will be awarded both Friday invitations and Day Two invitations as determined by each country’s organized play system.

Players with invitations from the 2014 World Championships will play on Friday unless they qualify for Day Two based on Championship Points.

Tournament Structure

The tournament is run in three phases over three days. The number of Swiss rounds will depend on total attendance at the event. Swiss rounds will use the best-of-three game format. All three phases will use the Standard format for card legality.

Friday: All players with Friday invitations will play Swiss rounds. Players with the required number of match points based upon the number of Swiss rounds will advance to Day Two on Saturday.

Rounds Match Points
4 6
5 9
6 12
7 15
8 18
9 21

Saturday: Swiss rounds for players who earned a Day Two invitation and players who advanced from Friday. This will be a new tournament: match records from Friday will not carry forward, and players are not required to use the same deck they played on Friday.

Late Saturday: A top cut of 8 players will compete in single-elimination rounds.

Sunday: Finals.

Prizes

All players who have an invitation to the World Championships will receive an exclusive Pokémon World Championships Welcome Kit as an acknowledgement of their accomplishments during the season. Players must be on site to receive the Welcome Kit.

The top 32 finishers in each of the three age divisions receive the following scholarship awards:

1st: $25,000
2nd: $15,000
3rd and 4th: $7,500
5th–8th: $5,000
9th–16th: $2,500
17th–32nd: $1,500

1st–4th place also receive:

  • A Pokémon World Championships Trophy
  • Championship Points equal to the qualification level (To Be Announced) for the 2016 World Championships
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered minors) to the 2016 World Championships
  • Two boxes of each of the most current Pokémon TCG expansions for a year
  • Factory-sealed full sets of the four most recent expansions

5th–32nd place also receive:

  • Two boxes of the most current Pokémon TCG expansion
  • Championship Points (specific award TBA)

Other Information

  • Players must have an active Play! Pokémon account that is updated with accurate information. If there’s an issue with your account, it must be reported to customer service before June 1, 2015.
  • Players will be required to register for the tournament online. Registration will begin in the spring.
  • If there’s a problem with your Championship Point totals, it must be reported to customer service within a week after the results are uploaded from the last National Championships in your rating zone. (The deadline is expected to be July 10 for the US and Canada, and July 3 for all other zones.)
  • Players who wish to compete in a Pokémon Trading Card Game event, including the World Championships, must adhere to the Tournament Rules.
  • Invitation and Travel Award winners will receive a packet of important information. Please make sure you read this packet thoroughly and return the requested documents to Pokémon Organized Play by the deadlines given. If you do not, you may lose your seat in the event. The packet will be sent to the email address listed on the player’s account.
  • Should a player’s eligibility to participate in an age division be questioned, proof of age may be requested. Failure to provide proof of age may result in the player being denied participation in the tournament, at the organizer’s discretion.
  • There is no entry fee for the Pokémon World Championships. Some side events may charge entry fees.
  • Winners of select National Championships will be guaranteed Travel Awards even if they don’t qualify for a Day Two invitation in their rating zone. Should these National winners qualify for a Day Two invitation, these travel awards will not be passed down.

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Pokémon VG World Championships

Event Information

The Pokémon Video Game World Championships will take place from Friday, August 21, through Sunday, August 23, 2015, at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-954-2000

The Pokémon Video Game World Championships is an invitation-only event, meaning only those players who earn an official invite from Pokémon Organized Play will be able to compete for the title of Pokémon World Champion. Players who do not receive an official invite from Pokémon Organized Play can compete in side events, watch the main event, or participate in other great activities! There will not be a last chance qualifier at the 2015 Pokémon World Championships. Specific information for side events will be released at a later time.

Securing an Invitation

Top video game players from different rating zones will receive invitations based on their Championship Points standing at the end of the season. Invitations will be divided into two tiers: players who reach a certain Championship Points standing will receive an invitation to play in Day One on Friday, and the best players in each zone automatically qualify for Day Two and will also receive a Travel Award. Invitations will be distributed as follows:

Masters Division Senior Division Junior Division
US and Canada Top 40 Top 40 Top 24
Europe Top 60 Top 60 Top 36
Latin America Top 18 Top 18 Top 10
Asia Pacific Top 18 Top 18 Top 10
South Africa Top 2 Top 2 Top 2

Some players will earn an invitation that allows them to advance directly to Day Two without playing in Friday’s rounds. These invitations will also include Travel Awards. Day Two invitations are divided by rating zone as follows:

  • The Top 8 players from the US and Canada rating zone
  • The Top 16 players from the Europe rating zone
  • The Top 2 players from the Latin America rating zone
  • The Top 2 players from the Asia Pacific rating zone

Players in Japan and Korea will be awarded both Friday invitations and Day Two invitations as determined by each country’s organized play system.

Players with invitations from the 2014 World Championships will play on Friday unless they qualify for Day Two based on Championship Points.

Tournament Structure

The tournament is run in three phases over three days. The number of Swiss rounds will depend on total attendance at the event. Swiss rounds will use the best-of-three game format.

Friday: All players with Friday invitations will play Swiss rounds. Players with 2 or fewer losses will advance to Day Two Saturday.

Saturday: Swiss rounds for players who earned a Day Two invitation and players who advanced from Friday. This will be a new tournament: match records from Friday will not carry forward, and players are not required to use the same team they played with on Friday.

Late Saturday: A top cut of 8 players will compete in single-elimination rounds.

Sunday: Finals.

Prizes

All players who have an Invitation to the World Championships will receive an exclusive Pokémon World Championships Welcome Kit as an acknowledgement of their accomplishments during the season. Players must be on site to receive the Welcome Kit.

The top 16 finishers in each of the three age divisions receive the following scholarship awards:

1st: $10,000
2nd: $7,500
3rd and 4th: $5,000
5th–8th: $3,000
9th–16th: $1,500

1st and 2nd place also receive:

  • A Pokémon World Championships Trophy
  • A Travel Award for the winner (and parent or legal guardian for players considered minors) to the 2016 World Championships
  • An invitation to the 2016 World Championships
  • Two boxes of the most current Pokémon TCG expansion

3rd and 4th place also receive:

  • A Pokémon World Championships Trophy
  • An invitation to the 2016 World Championships
  • Two boxes of the most current Pokémon TCG expansion

5th through 16th place also receive:

  • Two boxes of the most current Pokémon TCG expansion

Other Information

  • Invitations will be finalized July 13, 2015. Issues with accounts must be reported to customer service by June 1, 2015.
  • Players who wish to compete in a Pokémon video game event, including the World Championships, must adhere to the Tournament Rules.
  • Invitation and Travel Award winners will receive a packet of important information. Please make sure you read this packet thoroughly and return the requested documents to Pokémon Organized Play by the deadlines given. If you do not, you may lose your seat in the event. The packet will be sent to the email address listed on the player’s account.
  • When you show up at a Pokémon video game tournament, there are some things you must have with you:
    • A copy of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems.
    • A New Nintendo 3DS, New Nintendo 3DS XL, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, or Nintendo 2DS system. It must be fully charged!
    • A team of legal Pokémon per the Tournament Rules
    • In addition, players are strongly encouraged to bring a charger for their systems, as tournament staff will not have chargers available for loan.
  • Should a player’s eligibility to participate in an age division be questioned, proof of age may be requested. Failure to provide proof of age may result in the player being denied participation in the tournament, at the organizer’s discretion.
  • There is no entry fee for the Pokémon World Championships. Some side events may charge entry fees.
  • Winners of select National Championships will be guaranteed Travel Awards even if they don’t qualify for a Day Two invitation in their rating zone. Should these National winners qualify for a Day Two invitation, these travel awards will not be passed down.